Home Made Russia

Post-Soviet Folk Artefacts


This book features highlights from Russian artist Vladimir Arkhipov’s collection of unique artefacts. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, these objects were made out of necessity by ordinary Russians, due to a lack of immediate access to manufactured goods.


ISBN: 9781916218475 Category:

Vladimir Arkhipov, FUEL


The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has led to widespread sanctions being imposed on Russia. As the effects of these measures begin to take hold, the lives of ordinary Russian people will be subject to the type of austerity they last endured over 30 years ago, following the collapse of the USSR.

A reprinted edition of the highly popular book from 2006.

Home Made Russia features over 220 artefacts of Soviet culture, each accompanied by a photograph of the creator, their story of how the object came about, its function and the materials used to create it.

The Vladimir Arkhipov collection includes hundreds of objects created with often idiosyncratic functional qualities, made for use both inside and outside the home, such as a tiny bathtub plug carefully fashioned from a boot heel; a back massager made from an old wooden abacus; a road sign used as a street cleaner’s shovel; and a doormat made from beer bottle tops.

Home Made Russia presents a unique picture of a critical period of transition, as the Soviet regime crumbled, but was yet to be replaced with a new system. Each of these objects is a window, not only into the life of its creator, but also the situation of the country at this time. Shortages in stores were commonplace, while wages might be paid in goods, or simply not paid at all. These exceptional circumstances lent themselves to a singular type of ingenuity, respectfully documented in intimate detail by Vladimir Arkhipov.

Additional information

Weight 654 g
Dimensions 13.1 x 20.9 cm
Publisher name FUEL Design & Publishing
Publication date 28 July 2022
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Dimensions 13.1 x 20.9 cm
Weight 654 g


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Vladimir Arkhipov was born in Ryazan in 1961. He studied visual anthropology under Valery Podoroga at the Russian State University. Since 1994 he has researched and exhibited home-made objects made by others, creating a worldwide database alongside an audio and video archive. He is currently working on the concept and methodology of The Museum of Homemade Things (The Museum of Other Things).